I think I might be pregnant

In the very early stages of pregnancy, it’s hard to know if you’re pregnant or not. There are a few signs that may indicate pregnancy, but the only sure-fire way to know is to visit a doctor and have a pregnancy test.

This can help if:

  • you think you might be pregnant

  • the contraception you used didn’t work and you’re worried that you’re pregnant

  • you want to help a friend who thinks they might be pregnant.

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Physical signs of pregnancy

In the early stages of pregnancy, it’s common to:

  • miss a period, or have an irregular period

  • feel tired and low on energy

  • feel nauseous (with or without vomiting)

  • need to wee more than usual

  • have sore, swollen or tender breasts and nipples.

Remember that these things can all occur when you’re not pregnant, too.

How do I find out if I’m pregnant?

If you have more than a couple of the above signs and you’ve recently had sex, you should take one of the following steps to find out if you’re pregnant:

  • Do a home pregnancy test. These are available from the supermarket or a pharmacy and usually cost around $10–$20. If the test is positive, make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible.

  • Go to a family planning clinic. You can find a service near you on the Family Planning Alliance website. They can do a blood test to determine if you’re pregnant.

  • Visit a GP, who can do a blood test to determine if you’re pregnant.

What should I do if I’m pregnant?

If your results are positive, there are a few next steps that you need to take.

What can I do now?

  • Read about how to tell your parents (or parental figure) that you’re pregnant.

  • Take a pregnancy test.

  • Make an appointment with a doctor or sexual health clinic.

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